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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 81

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

Like I said in the last one, I ran this week’s with last week’s since they’re both related. For this week’s one, we’ll go with Lewis LaRosa’s cover for Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Cops #21, which is homaging Bill Sienkiewicz’s Power Man and Iron Fist Marvel house ads from the 1980s

Eighty-one weeks down! Will we make it to week eighty-two?


That’s three weeks in a row that I’m not at all convinced that the covers you’re showing are actually homages.

And three weeks in a row you are sorely mistaken.

Gotta agree with DanCJ here: I don’t see what’s similar between these covers and those Iron Fist & Power Man ads, except that they both feature characters talking. Care to elaborate a bit on this?


April 10, 2014 at 9:19 am

I’ll third that. I’m not stating definitely that there isn’t a connection, but without any other evidence it seems tentative at best.

I’ve never been a fan of PM & IF or any Valiant title though, so what do I know?

Not really seeing it, but maybe there’s some connection in the actual comic that I don’t know about. Is this a fun buddy series or something?

I agree that they’re a similar concept, but I don’t think that they are close enough to be a homage without any evidence (like the artist saying so). The poses/content are just too different.

For example, both the Death of Captain Marvell GN and Crisis #7 both have a character holding another dead character surrounded by other characters in the background. They’re a similar concept, but different execution. I wouldn’t agree that either is a homage to the other. That’s kind of what I’m seeing in these vs. the PM/IF ads.

yeah, I ain’t buying these two either. the poses are completely different. it’s just someone ‘talking’ to the reader.

I’m not sure if it actually is an homage–I’d want to artist to confirm, but I can see the argument for one. Both covers feature a character talking to the reader about another of the company’s characters/concepts. Iron Fist mentions Power Man, Power Man mentions Iron Fist; Armstrong mentions Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps, Bloodshoot mentions Archer and Armstrong. All four images serve as the characters promoting the story they’re in, and all are done as sort of in-your-face testimonials.

Personally, the Valiant ones remind me more of an encounter in a video game than they do the Power Man/Iron Fist ads. You may know the type, where you approach a guy and he tells you a bit about himself.

Just this once, I’ll let you all in on a conversation from last week (paraphrased, of course)…
Me: Hey, Lewis, this is an homage of those Power Man and Iron Fist ads, right?
Lewis: Yes, yes it is.
Me: Cool.

So going forward, you don’t have to worry about being sure of a cover being an homage, because the very presence of a cover here means that I’m sure.

Can you ever be wrong?

I suspect some of the folks posting have gotten “homage” a bit mixed up with a “swipe.”

It’s true that many homages look like swipes, but if the image is well known, then it’s an homage.

The Archer and Armstrong covers are an homage that is not a swipe.

What in the heck would make you even ASK if this was a “homage?” It doesn’t look anything like it. They’re not talking the same way. They’re not posed the same way. Frankly, if he thinks he drew some sort of homage to an old house ad, he did it so badly he’s wrong. There’s nothing at all that makes it “a special honor or respect” to the ad, other than they both have people talking through the 4th wall. And if that’s all it takes, then it refers to every time that’s happened…heck, it’s a She-Hulk homage too! Just because someone INTENDED it to be (which I find dubious) doesn’t mean they successfully executed it.

IT’s been a cute feature, with some stretches in it, but if anything’s sorely mistaken, it’s the idea that the streak went past 80 (or 79, frankly). Let it go.


April 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I’ll take your word for it THIS TIME Brian.

As long as people are doing homages of house ad’s can we get an homage to the old Iron Man in a metal Santa hat and coat subscription ad, because that’d be nifty!

You guys are being daft, this is definitely an homage, but it may have been clearer if Brian showed the Power Man house ad, too.

That’s a great link to those house ads, and it got it right away. I liked the Iron Fist version best with the whisper behind the hand. Great work….


April 10, 2014 at 11:14 pm

@Hoosier X

There’s no confusion on my part (or the others too I’m assuming) between a swipe and a homage.
But as several people have noted, the poses and styles are different enough that it doesn’t strike some of us right off the bat as an homage. I would think for an homage to “work” you should be able to get the basic concept immediately without having to have it pointed out to you.

Obviously other people got it right off the bat, but it’s not exactly Spider-Man #50 level of obvious.

I will say, and meant to say earlier that I think both the covers are quite striking, the colors and expressions, and overall tone are appealing. I would stop and give them a second glance, even with a bias against Valiant comics. I hated Valiant’s coloring and paper. I also thought Barry Windsor Smith’s art in the early 90’s was waaaay overrated.

Ok, I guess I’ve flogged this dead horse enough.

One: people are questioning Brian at all. What is wrong with you people?! ;)

Two: looking at the Power Man one, and the Iron Fist one in week 80’s post, it’s quite obvious that it’s supposed to be a call back to those ads and how they’re the characters talking to the reader trying to get them to buy the book. Therefore, homage.

Wow, people are jerks.

Brian. Your last comment had me searching for a like button.

Just this once, I’ll let you all in on a conversation from last week (paraphrased, of course)…
Me: Hey, Lewis, this is an homage of those Power Man and Iron Fist ads, right?
Lewis: Yes, yes it is.
Me: Cool.

So going forward, you don’t have to worry about being sure of a cover being an homage, because the very presence of a cover here means that I’m sure.

Fair enough then.

Was there a similar conversation for the Sesame Street one too?

I really don’t get your compalint about the Monsterpiece Theater, even if somehow it is not a Homage to Seamane Street, then it is a clear homge ot Masterpiece Theater, even if it is a parody. There have been more than one Homage and Parody on the l;ist.

It’s not a complaint I was just curious. Maybe if I’d ever actually heard of Masterpiece Theatre it would have been more obvious to me.

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